Would you not know, get the blog finished early and something was bound to be left out!! Just a had a lovely email from John Wainwright re his slant on the day so I can now add a few more species to the list. It looks very much as if our total for the day has now reached 63 species (see additional birds added at end).
(Extracts from John's report)
Charca de Suarez 1st October 2015
A very warm day overall.
Arriving in Salobreña and after a quick cup of coffee, we parked up along with Liz and Marcus and headed for the beach. In the small outlet stream here, we found a Squacco Heron feeding, as well as a couple of Grey Wagtails. More Grey Wagtails were found on the beach and a few House Martins and Barn Swallows were seen overhead, as well as two Black-headed Gulls and a single Yellow-legged Gull. A Kingfisher was heard but not seen and a few House Sparrows and a Cetti´s Warbler called just as we were heading for the reserve.
Waiting for the reserve to open, I noted a Lesser Kestrel as well as Great Tits, a Short-toed Treecreeper (on the large pine tree), House Martins and Barn Swallows and two Yellow-legged Gulls. A Grey Heron, Serins, Chiffchaff, Collared Doves and yet again the Cetti´s Warbler insisted on being heard.
|Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
Two Green Sandpipers flew across the pile and landed somewhere in the far left of the lagoon.
|Whinchat TarabillaNotena Saxicola rubetra (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
grown across the entrance,and the reeds were so high we couldn´t see the lake, but we did get - in the reedbed - a Zitting Cisticola, Cetti´s and a Sardinian Warbler. It was very quiet here today and we only saw House Sparrows, a single Southern Grey Shrike, Barn Swallows, a Grey Heron, three Moorhens a few Crested Larks and a surprise Whinchat as we exited for the journey home
Many thanks for the additional information, John. Please add the following to yesterday's list.
Additional birds seen:
Squacco Heron, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Kestrel, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Southern Grey Shrike.
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